This Sunday, the MTV Video Music Awards come to Brooklyn and are sure to make us LOL, say "OMG," and definitely go WTF!?!?! To celebrate, we've compiled a list of the 10 most WTF moments in VMA history. See also: Your Guide to the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards
Looks like the ludicrously titled production Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark has had another ludicrously gruesome onstage accident. NY1 reports that an actor got his leg caught in some sort of elevator contraption, crushing it, causing the audience the be evacuated and the show to be cancelled.
When we arrived for check-in at rag & bone on Friday night, the woman behind the table asked, "Are your hands cold?" "How could you tell?" we said as we shook a layer of heavy snow from our hat. And that was when she gave us a black squishy thing. Yes, it was a hand warmer. Call us easy, but we w ... More >>
"Alicia! Alicia! Over here!" shouted the front-row photographers at Alicia Keys, who had just arrived at Moynihan Station to see the EDUN show. Decked out in sunglasses, a white blouse, and white jeans with black tuxedo stripes, she pulled another woman with long brown hair into the shot. "Who's th ... More >>
If you really love Broadway like I do, you'll adore the show that reams it a new one, then kicks it in the pants. It's Forbidden Broadway: Alive and Kicking!, the latest installation of the spoofy revue that mocks the truly annoying things about Broadway because deep down, you have to know and love ... More >>
U2 w/ Interpol New Meadowlands Stadium Wednesday, July 20 Better than: ...the real thing? Every day, you presumably go to work, and sit in a cubicle or in an office. You work on a desktop, check some blogs, IM with your friends, and small talk with co-workers. You do this competently and consist ... More >>
Musto's verdict on the retooled musical
Mike Logan and Lennie Briscoe: Not so into rap-metal. The news that Law & Order: Criminal Intent would be ripping all those headlines about the struggles of Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark for an upcoming episode was notable for its lightning-quick turnaround time, and for its fictionalized tak ... More >>
Apparently, they're going to close down for three weeks starting later this month. A new director is being brought in, someone who's done lots of arena shows. A playwright is coming in to doctor up the script.
I'm sure the producers of Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark would love to just write all new reviews, but instead, they've simply done some creative editing on the existing ones. As Broadwayworld.com points out, the show's commercial makes the best out of a critical onslaught.
Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark sounds like a disaster. Practically a national tragedy at this point, the new, super-expensive musical has yet to be officially released, trapped in the purgatory of "previews," in which a Broadway show works out all of its kinks. This one might be hopeless, if early ... More >>
Stop trying to make the "Spider-Man" musical happen. It's not going to happen. The troubled production (formally called Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, with music from the minds of U2's Bono and Edge) is still in previews, but has pushed back its opening from the scheduled Jan. 11 to "sometime in ... More >>
It sounded good on paper: Julie Taymor. Bono and The Edge. A Marvel comic classic. But the reality is that superheroes generally don't fly on Broadway, unless you count Thoroughly Modern Millie, ba-dum-pum. And when a show is so elaborately technologically based, there are bound to be majo ... More >>
A quick sequel to yesterday's investigation into Jay-Z's chronic misadventures in the rock and roll world. Some wag in England had the bright idea of asking Jay how he would've reacted to meeting current best pal Chris Martin 24 years ago, back when Shawn Carter was 16. His answer probably wi ... More >>
After way too many delays and hold-ups and people not believing this thing is going to work at all, the Spider Man musical (entitled Spider Man: Turn Off The Dark) with music and lyrics by Bono and The Edge of U2 and with a book by Julie Taymor (who did The Lion King which is AMAZING) finally ... More >>
It took braver men than us to sit through the entirety of the "Hope for Haiti Now" telethon--our taste for artist self-martyrdom/self-aggrandizement is minimal, and since we have no desire to talk to George Clooney or Stevie Wonder personally on the telephone by way of giving money to a desperatel ... More >>
What Julianne said--sculpture-collecting rappers of the future defile simulacrum versions of peak-bloat art market follies, paint on valuable cars, recollect Heath Ledger's death mask Joker. Over a Justice sample. Symbolic, see, because that's the last decade and this video was released minutes in ... More >>
F2K is a countdown of the 50 worst songs of the decade. Track our progress here. Super lame songs by charity "supergroups" have been the most expensive form of self-parody ever since Bob Geldof scribbled the word "Do" in "Do They Know It's Christmas." Since its mid-'80s "We Are The World... A ... More >>
A blockbuster franchise. A Broadway visionary at the helm. (Julie Taymor). Two of the best known songwriters of our time. (Bono and The Edge). How could it fail? And yet, SpiderMan: Turn Off The Dark recently pulled the plug--temporarily, mind you--as the reported $45 million production sear ... More >>
Our old friend David Byrne, still prancing about multiple continents in support of his splendid Brian Eno collaboration Everything That Happens Will Happen Today, is also being praised for various past accomplishments. First comes the new Fader issue, in which he is given the same Icon treatment gra ... More >>
A mediocre album from this band is bad news whether you're a lover or a hater
The first thing to understand about any new U2 song is these guys are still apologizing for Pop, i.e. that album from 1997 dismissed by everyone as "electronica" and marred by terrible singles ("Discothèque," oy) and an accompanying tour wherein the boys performed whilst perched on a giant mirror ... More >>
Put on your ballet shoes and dance the blues
Andrew Rosenthal, editor of the Times editorial page, told a gathering of Columbia J-school students that he admired the work of The Atlantic's Megan McArdle and National Review's Byron York. But he's not hiring them (at least, knock wood, not yet): he's hiring Bono. The U2 frontman has apparently a ... More >>
Event: Clinton Global Initiative Location: Sheraton on 7th Avenue Purpose: non-partisan catalyst for action blah blah global leaders from various backgrounds blah blah innovative solutions blah blah pressing challenges.
Well, Al sure stole the show -- though maybe, after we rushed back to the safety of the press pit, Queen Raina of Jordan revealed she'd been strapped with explosives the whole time and would blow everybody up if she didn't get more funding for her girls' education program. Her Majesty Raina Al-Abdu ... More >>
A tiny gathering of vast proportions
Superheroes are hot again, thanks to The Dark Knight, Iron Man, The Hulk, and Barack Obama. And now, here's your opportunity to play a superhero while singing music by Bono and the Edge and cavorting around to Julie Taymor's Tony-award-style direction. There's a Broadway musical of Spider-Man a-comi ... More >>
Thank you for talking to Africa, Bono
Proof that Bono and his bros don't need a giant lemon to dominate the stage
It's spacey local rockers the Secret Machines, opening their new album cycle by making a movie
Following U2, from Apartheid on Long Island to a Garden in Midtown
Anthemic Christians range from altar calls to extreme pessimism
Rock's most self-assured advocates of grandeur affirmatively affirm their own affirmation
Really F-word-deleted brilliant: If anyone gets annoyed by anything, it's profane!
The WEF's Corporate Moguls Debate Their Role as Unelected World Leaders
Bankers, Bono, and Bomb Throwers Battle It Out on the Streets of the Czech Republic